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India snubs Pak on sharing Samjhauta info
Published on 11 Jan. 2011 11:44 PM IST
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A day after Pakistan sought an update on the probe into the Samjhauta Express bombing, Government on Tuesday ruled out sharing of information at this stage saying it was “too premature”.
Ministry of Home Affairs has informed the Ministry of External Affairs to convey to Islamabad that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not completed its probe into the 2007 explosions in the India-Pakistan train service which claimed 68 lives.
“It is too pre-mature to share any information with anyone at this stage. The investigation is still on. When it is completed, we will take an appropriate decision,” a government official said reacting to Pakistan’s insistence on sharing information about the probe.
Yesterday, India’s acting Deputy High Commissioner G V Srinivas was summoned to the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad and told that information on progress in the probe should be provided by New Delhi “at the earliest”.
The development took place in the wake of right wing activist Swami Aseemanand’s reported confession about the involvement of Sangh activists in the attack, in which most of the victims were Pakistanis.
Aseemanand, 59, recently confessed to the involvement of Sangh activists in several terrorist attacks, including the bombing of the Samjhauta Express.
The NIA today announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each for information leading to the arrest of Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra in connection with the Samjhauta Express blasts case.
Besides the two, the NIA has also announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for the arrest of Ashok, also wanted in connection with the same case.
Swami Aseemanand, who has been arrested in connection with the case, has in his confession statement before a magistrate named Dange and Ramchandra as being instrumental in carrying out a number of blasts in the country including in the train.
Pakistan has asked India several times in the past two years to apprise it of developments in the investigation.
The issue was also raised by Pakistani officials and leaders with Home Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna when they visited Islamabad last year.
Ties, terror can’t go together: India
Asking Pakistan to fulfil its assurances of disbanding the terror infrastructure on its soil, India on Tuesday said it was willing to go “more than half the way” to hold peace talks with the neighbour but terrorism could “not be shoved” under the carpet.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, during an interaction with visiting journalists from eastern European countries, said India was “looking forward” to Pakistan addressing its core concern regarding terrorism and tackling the outfits effectively.
“If they (Pakistan) can fulfil their assurances (regarding terror outfits), India is willing to go more than half the way to talk to them. We are looking forward to Pakistan being sensitive to our core concern of terrorism and tackling it effectively,” Krishna said in the hour-long meeting at his South Block office here.
He recalled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s repeated call to Pakistan to fulfil assurances on disallowing use of its territory by terror elements for attacking India and dismantling terrorist infrastructure identified by India, proof of which had been shared with other friendly powers.
Reiterating that India “wants friendly ties and continues to aspire for civilised” relations with Pakistan, Krishna said, “We want a stable, prosperous and friendly Pakistan as our neighbour”. At the same time, he added, “Terrorism cannot be shoved under the carpet, we have to tackle it.”
Pointing to the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 and US President Barack Obama’s visit to the megapolis to pay homage to the victims, Krishna said India and other countries lost several precious lives in the terror strike unleashed with impunity.
Referring to Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Bhutan during the SAARC summit and his own visit to Islamabad to interact with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi last year, Krishna said it was necessary to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries and these engagements were necessary to build confidence between the peoples of the two countries and send a message of unity to the terror outfits.

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